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Press Release-Christopher Smith Sentence


Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 26th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Christopher DaShawn Smith (D.O.B. 10/6/1976) was sentenced to a total of 13 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Ronald White.  The defendant will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for two years after he is released from prison. Smith was found guilty of Reckless Homicide and Aggravated Fleeing to Elude after a bench trial in July of 2017.

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In November of 2015, Rockford Police attempted to pull over a vehicle, driven by Christopher Smith, for a traffic offense.  Smith fled from police and ended up losing control, driving across all lanes of traffic before crashing into the woods along the 2400 block of North Central Avenue.  Smith and his passenger, James Smith, both had to be extricated from the vehicle.  James Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined James Smith’s cause of death to be asphyxia caused by the vehicle crash. A reconstruction of the crash determined that the vehicle was traveling at least 71 miles per hour and failed to brake before it crashed.  

 

Reckless Homicide is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.  The defendant is eligible for an extended term of 2-10 years under State Statute. Smith was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant will be required to serve 50% of this sentence.

Aggravated Fleeing to Elude is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.  The defendant is eligible for an extended term of 2-10 years under State Statute. Smith was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release on this charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.  

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4725

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